Serial Rapist Cop David Carrick Served in Merton

Met officer has admitted string of sexual offences including 24 rapes

David Carrick. Picture: Facebook

January 16, 2023

A 48-year-old police officer who has been convicted of over 50 sexual offences including 24 rapes of 12 women, spent the early part of his career with the Met in Merton Borough.

David Carrick’s prolific offending too place over the course of two decades and only ended when he was arrested by Hertfordshire Constabulary in October 2021, after another rape allegation was made against him. He had been arrested a few months before due to a previous rape allegation, but his victim withdrew her complaint. She was interviewed again after the later case and this offence was included in those Carrick was ultimately convicted of.

This Monday (16 January) at Southwark Crown Court, he admitted four counts of rape, false imprisonment and indecent assault relating to a 40-year-old woman in 2003. This has allowed an earlier conviction received in December where he pleaded guilty to 43 charges, including 20 counts of rape, in December to be reported.

Caddick, who is originally from Stevenage, joined the Met in 2001 and originally worked as a response officer in Merton. The police say he was vetted at this time despite allegations already having been made against him. They admit the requirements at the time were not as robust as they are now.

During this period two separate allegations were made against him by a former partner. One involved an allegation of malicious communications and the second an allegation of burglary. He was not arrested and no further action had been taken against him.

The officers who dealt with the complaints made in 2002 have now retired and it has been decided that it was not in the public interest to take action against them.

The first allegation had been made against him in 2000 before he became a police officer and there were a number of further complaints made about him up to 2021. He should have been revetted after 10 years of service but this check did not take place. Most of his attacks took place in Hertfordshire where he lived meeting women through online dating sites and using his job as a way to gain their trust. He often exercised coercive control over his victims, in some cases stopping them from speaking to their own children.

In 2009 he was transferred to the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, where he remained until his arrest. He was issued with a firearm as part of his role.

Jaswant Narwal, chief crown prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service, said, "Carrick held a role where he was trusted with the responsibility of protecting the public, but yet over 17 years, in his private life, he did the exact opposite.

"This is a man who relentlessly degraded, belittled and sexually assaulted and raped women.

"As time went on, the severity of his offending intensified as he became emboldened, thinking he would get away with it."

Assistant Commissioner Barbara Gray, the Met’s lead for Professionalism, said, “On behalf of the Metropolitan Police, I want to apologise to the women who have suffered at the hands of David Carrick.

“I commend their outstanding bravery in coming forward and reporting the horrific crimes they were victims of.

“Carrick is a prolific, serial sex offender who preyed on women over a period of many years, abusing his position as a police officer and committing the most horrific, degrading crimes.

“He used the fact he was a police officer to control and coerce his victims. We know they felt unable to come forward sooner because he told them they would not be believed.

“We should have spotted his pattern of abusive behaviour, and because we didn’t, we missed opportunities to remove him from the organisation.

“We are truly sorry that Carrick was able to continue to use his role as a police officer to prolong the suffering of his victims.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said he was "absolutely sickened and appalled" by Carrick's crimes.

Carrick was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on Monday, 6 February.

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